“Plants are some of the best gifts that you can give to anyone who’s looking for experience and growth in their life,” says Greene in an episode of YouTube series Greene Thumb by Well+Good. “There are a couple things you want to keep in mind when you’re deciding on what plant to give someone. And the three most important are the budget, their space or lighting, and the person’s daily habits.”
Greene works with a budget of $50 to shop for plants that do well in bright light. Keep in mind, the budget doesn’t include the cost of planters. If shopping for planters, look for one that’s one to two inches larger than the grow pot it comes in so it has room to grow.
When shopping on your own, Greene ays to make sure you’re getting the right size plant for the space and look for a plant that has new growth. Learn about the three plants Greene recommends below.
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The prices below reflect what you can find Greene’s favorite plant shop, Tula House in Brooklyn, New York.
1. Monstera Deliciosa, $15
The gorgeous Monstera is pretty simple to care for. Though it can tolerate both low light and bright light, it thrives somewhere in the middle with indirect bright light. Greene says a six-inch Monstera prefers to be watered once every 10 days. “It thrives in bright, indirect light,” says Greene.
2. Fiddle Leaf Fig, $25
Though the fiddle leaf fig can be a bit finicky, it will thrive when cared for correctly. “A fiddle leaf [that’s six inches] prefers to be watered once every week,” says Greene. “It thrives in bright indirect light and can also take a few hours of direct light.”
3. Dieffenbachia, $10
The dieffenbachia is pretty laid back. A four-inch dieffenbachia should be watered about once every seven to 10 days. “They thrive in anything from medium to bright indirect light,” says Greene. “And they come in all different shapes and sizes with different patterns. So if you’re looking for a variety, this is the one for you.”
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